Information for researchers

Helping the public find your study

man writing 250x166This site is designed to make it easier for you to attract participants to your study. For your trial or study to be included on this website, you must create a listing on one of these two registry sites; ISRCTN or clinicaltrials.gov.

  • All research studies should be listed on a public directory. The benefits for doing this are listed under each of the sections below.
  • Once loaded onto either of these directories, it will take a week for your study to be automatically loaded on this Be Part of Research site.  
  • There is no other way to list your trial or study on Be Part of Research.

Here are some important things to think about:

Writing clearly

The people who visit this site are primarily patients and members of the public who aren’t familiar with scientific and medical terminology.  So it’s important to note that when entering the details of your study, the information is written in plain English

This means the summary has been written for members of the public and an interested audience rather than specialists. It should be written clearly and simply, without jargon and with an explanation of any technical terms that have to be included.

The clearer you are, the more likely it is that someone will understand what you are trying to achieve and want to contact you.

Adding contact information

  • It’s important to add your contact details so that people can easily get in touch with you.
  • Please make sure that any contact details you enter on ISRTCN or clinicaltrials.gov are kept up-to-date and are accurate.
  • If anything changes, remember to update your study details as soon as you can, so it is reflected on Be Part of Research in a timely manner.

ISRCTN Registry

About

Registration on ISRCTN provides you with a unique identification number, which is necessary if you want to publish the results of clinical trials and other studies. By registering with the ISRCTN Registry, you will comply with national and international guidelines, benefit from editorial help, ensure information is up-to-date and bring your research to a wider audience.

The site is used by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to help UK researchers meet 3 registration objectives:

  • To keep the World Health Organisation’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform updated, which is a complete view of medical research taking place worldwide.

  • Meet journal expectations for reporting results in peer-reviewed journals – ICMJE guidelines.

  • Accessibility by the widest audience possible – writing a plain English summary of each study.

Adding your study to ISRCTN Register

Please read this guidance about how to put your study on ISRCTN.  Please be aware that there is a fee to register your trial or study. However, DHSC may be able to fund this registration if your study is eligible for the NIHR Portfolio. Read more about the ISRCTN registration and studies eligible for DHSC funding.

If your study is eligible to go onto the NIHR Portfolio

ISRCTN has an agreement with the DHSC that allows you to register your study directly from the NIHR Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS). Please view the criteria for more information. After studies are listed on the ISRCTN Register, researchers receive regular reminders at certain milestones to ensure that records are kept up-to-date.

U.S. database ClinicalTrials.gov

ClinicalTrials.gov is an online database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies worldwide. The site is operated by the US National Library of Medicine.

You will need to set up an account and then register your trial or study.

Brief summary

When uploading your study, remember to enter your study details in Plain English and avoid acronyms and technical jargon as much as possible.

We then use the information you enter into this summary in the 'summary' section on this site.

Making changes to your study

If your trial has already been registered and appears on Be Part of Research already, but the information in this field is too technical or needs changing, you can correct it by following ClinicalTrial.gov’s instructions on how to edit your study record.